||Tomis - Gordian III / Asclepius - 2 assaria||
21 mm diameter, 5.2 g, bronze |
Obverse: Gordian III laureate head to the right, legend AVT K M ANT Γ OPΔIANOC AVΓ, outer pearl circle
|Reverse: Asclepius standind, head to the left, wearing himation, left hand resting on his serpent-entwined staff (rod of Asclepius), value B (Β = 2) into the field, legend MHTPO ΠO TOMEΩC, outer pearl circle|
The ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Răzvan Dobrin. The coin belongs to the category of provincial Roman coins also called sometimes Greek imperial. The coin is described in AMNG I at position 3505 (AMNG = Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, B. Pick, 1898).
About the face value of the coin
On this coin we see the denomination value as the letter Β, placed in the field. Letter Β being the second of the alphabet, the coin is worth 2, so it is a two assaria coin. Denomination assarion / assaria was used for the name of bronze coins issued by several towns on the western and northern border of the Black Sea (Tomis, Callatis, Chersones, Tyras, Olbia and plenty more). Here at Tomis were struck coins of 1 assarion, 2, 3, 4 and 5 assaria, bearing as digits Α, Β, Γ, Δ and Ε.